Career Services

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In today’s competitive marketplace, it isn’t necessarily enough to just have a law degree. Success requires experience. MC Law’s location in downtown Jackson offers many part-time employment opportunities during the academic year as well as summer positions, externships and clerkships. Many of these jobs lead to permanent positions upon graduation.

The Office of Career Services serves as a liaison between employers and students. We help students prepare, interview, and secure employment. Our students are highly sought after by a spectrum of firms, agencies, and businesses. Year after year, the job placement rate for MC Law graduates has been exceptional, well above the national average for law schools.

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Employer Services

Posting a Job Listing

Employer Link

Thank you for your interest in hiring Mississippi College School of Law students and graduates. Your listing will be posted online with our Career Services Manager (CSM) system hosted by Symplicity Corporation. All MC Law students and graduates, as well as graduates from other law schools with reciprocity, will have access to your posting.

To submit your first job posting through Symplicity:

  • After opening the CSM web site, click the registration tab and fill out organization contact information.
  • Shortly you will receive a CSM Welcome message with a system password.
  • After logging in with your password, choose the “Create a Non-OCI Posting” and provide the specifics of the position. Employers may chose to have applicants submit requested materials by any method, including accumulating all applications on-line for viewing at the later convenience of the organization.
  • The MC Law job bank manager will receive an email with your posting request. Once the posting is approved, you will be notified by e-mail.

Employers who have participated in OCI or have previously used the MC Law Symplicity Site:

  • If your organization has previously posted a position or has participated in our on-campus interviewing program, you have an existing profile on our system. If you do not have record of a password, contact Sherry Johnson (ssjohnson@mc.edu) for assistance.

Alternative Methods of Posting a Position:

Download the Job Bulletin Listing Form and return the completed form to ssjohsnon@mc.edu or fax to 601-925-7185. Once the completed Job Bulletin Form is received by the Career Services Office, we will register you as an employer on the CSM system and post the job.

Unless indicated otherwise, job postings will be maintained for twelve weeks for attorney listings and four weeks for law clerk listings. Should you close the position prior to that time, wish to extend the position beyond the allotted time, or want to make any changes in the listing, please contact Debbie Riddick at 601-925-7106.

Mississippi College School of Law Anti-Discrimination Statement

Mississippi College School of Law is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all its students and alumni, and is committed to a policy against discrimination in employment based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability. The facilities and/or services of the Career Services Office may be denied to employers whose behavior contravenes the Office’s policy based on the above-listed factors.
This office requires all employers who use its placement services to affirm the following statement to confirm compliance with the nondiscrimination policy detailed above: “Employer gives assurance that it is an equal-opportunity employer, offering employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability.”

We realize that the military has age and physical requirements that may limit those who are eligible for employment with the military services and that those portions of our non-discrimination policy are not applicable to the military services.

Resume Collection

Employers who do not wish to interview on campus via our Fall or Spring On-Campus Interview Programs may participate in the Resume Collection/Resume Drop Program. This allows employers an opportunity to solicit applications/resumes from law students. If you would like to review resumes from our students, you may contact Sherry Johnson at 601-925-7109 to arrange for a resume collection. Resume collection is most efficiently conducted through our Career Services Manager web site (see registration/posting instructions), resumes can be collected by hand by filling out the form attached and faxing to Mrs. Johnson at 601-925-7109.

Resume Collection Form

 

Job Postings for Students & Graduates

Symplicity Career Services Management (CSM) System

The Symplicity Career Services Management (CSM) System is a web-based program through which our students and graduates can search for part-time, full-time, and summer job opportunities as well as review employer profiles.

Symplicity is utilized by many schools, employers, and associations. Each organization has its own Symplicity website with its own unique URL and login. If you have previously used Symplicity to register for events hosted by other institutions, please note that you will not be able to use the same account information to log in to our Symplicity site.

The Mississippi College School of Law Symplicity web address for students and graduates is: https://law-mc-csm.symplicity.com/students/

To create a Symplicity account, click on the link above and then on the “Register” tab.  Follow the instructions and submit.  Once your registration form has been reviewed by our office and we have verified that you are one of our graduates, we will send you a confirmation e-mail at the address you provided.  Please give our office at least 1 business day.  Once you receive your confirmation e-mail, return to https://law-mc-csm.symplicity.com/students/

Under the “Sign In” tab, enter your username (e-mail address) and your temporary password, which will be included in your confirmation e-mail.

Job Postings for Employers

Employers may request an account through Symplicity at https://law-mc-csm.symplicity.com/employers/ in order to post current jobs available with their organization.  If you prefer, you may e-mail your posting to ssjohnson@mc.edu and our office will post the position for you.  Please include all pertinent information regarding the position including how you would like to receive applications.  You may also call our office at 601.925.7109 to speak with someone regarding your organizations particular needs.

 

Judicial Clerkships

MC Law places special emphasis on the benefits of judicial clerkships. Two seminars are held each year: one early in the first semester and one late in the second semester. Current judges and clerks are brought in to meet with students to explain the benefits, duties, and requirements for judicial clerks as well as answer any questions students might have. Professor Donald Campbell is our faculty advisor for the students.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the On-Line System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR). OSCAR is a web-based system that enables clerkship applicants to file complete applications, and recommenders to file letters of recommendation, on-line. Applicants are able to sort and screen clerkships and designate the OSCAR-participant judges to whom they wish to apply. Judges will be able to sort and screen the applications directed to them. Law school administrators will be able to view student applicant information, upload applicant documents, and coordinate the submission of faculty letters.

In addition to OSCAR, students and alumni should use their Symplicity account to review an up-to-date list of all federal judges currently hiring. This includes those that do not use OSCAR and specifies how they prefer to receive applications. Symplicity also gives applicants the ability to export addresses into an Excel document to create a merge file for mailing purposes. If you do not have a Symplicity account please access the link listed below.

  • Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR): Allows applicants to select the federal judges for whom they wish to apply and then build and submit their applications online. When the application process is complete, the judges can log on and begin the hiring process. http://oscar.uscourts.gov
  • Symplicity : Provides the ability to search all federal judicial clerkships available and to create merge files for mail purposes. The site is updated on a bi-weekly basis. http://law-mc-csm.symplicity.com/students/
  • American Bankruptcy Institute: Provides good information and links for an overview of bankruptcy judges and clerkship opportunities. http://www.abiworld.org
  • The Federal Judiciary Online: This page, maintained by “Internships-USA,” is designed to give students access to the addresses of the federal bench.  The addresses of over 2000 members of the federal judiciary are accessible from this site.  http://www.internships-usa.com/fedct/fedctlink.htm
  • Federal Magistrate Law Clerks: Current and upcoming vacancies in the Federal Magistrate Courts with a searchable database.  http://fedjudge.org/law_clerks.as
  • Judicial Clerkships:  Everything you ever wanted to know about a judicial clerkship. http://www.judicialclerks.com

 

On Campus Interviews

Employers can schedule interviews on campus year round. During the fall, employers can interview second-year students for summer clerkships and third-year students for employment after graduation. During the Spring, in addition to interviewing second and third year students, employers can interview first year students for summer clerkships.
Spring 2016 On Campus Interviews will take place February 17 through February 27, 2016.

For Spring 2016 OCIs employers can submit registration to participate via the Mississippi College School of Law Symplicity website at https://law-mc-csm.symplicity.com/employers/, by calling our office at 601-925-7106 or e-mailing Debbie Riddick, Assistant Director of Career Services at dbriddick@mc.edu.

Resume Drop

If your firm cannot participate in an on-campus visit but would like to receive resumes from candidates meeting your firm’s specific qualifications, you may request a resume drop through the Simplicity link or by calling the number listed above.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Mississippi College School of Law is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all its students and alumni, and is committed to a policy against discrimination in employment based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability. The facilities and/or services of the Career Services Office may be denied to employers whose behavior contravenes the Office’s policy based on the above-listed factors.

This office requires all employers who use its placement services to affirm the following statement to confirm compliance with the nondiscrimination policy detailed above: “Employer gives assurance that it is an equal-opportunity employer, offering employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability.”

In consideration of the Solomon Amendment, the U.S. Armed Forces are exempt from the provisions of the Law School nondiscrimination policy as it relates to sexual orientation.

 

Reciprocity Policy

The Career Services Office provides services to students and graduates of other law schools within the following guidelines:

  • Reciprocal services are available on a one-to-one basis to students and graduates of other ABA-accredited/NALP member law schools who permit Mississippi College School of Law students and graduates use of their services.
  • Requests for service must be made in writing by a placement or career-counseling administrator prior to the rendering of any services.
  • The student or graduate must make an appointment with the director of career planning and visit the office in person or contact the office by mail or telephone.
  • Services will be available for a three-month period from the date of the person’s first contact with the office.
  • Individuals may obtain information from the job listing board or web site located at www.law.mc.edu, and may use the information contained in the Resource Room.
  • Reciprocity will be restricted between August 29th until November 9th and February 1st to March 15th due to on-campus interviewing.
  • Reciprocal students and/or graduates may not participate in on-campus interviews with prospective employers.
  • The Career Services Office reserves the right to terminate reciprocity privileges of individuals who violate these regulations or misuse our facilities and services.

 

Contact:

Sherry S. Johnson, Esq.
Director, Career Services
601.925.7109
601.925.7185 (fax)
SSJohnson@mc.edu